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The most important question you can ask yourself

March 10, 2019  “If I were to scratch below the surface of anyone I would find fear, pain, and anxiety running amok” – Charlotte Joko Beck We all have ways to cover up what makes us feel uncomfortable. We overeat, overdrink, overwork, over-talk, watch too much television, make life into… Read more

Emotional intimacy isn’t for sissies

February 24, 2019 “Emotional intimacy involves a perception of closeness to another that allows sharing of personal feelings, accompanied by expectations of understanding, affirmation, and demonstration of caring” — Wikipedia We are born alone and we die alone. We inhabit a body and mind that no one, including ourselves, will… Read more

Vulnerability takes guts

February 10, 2019 “We are never more powerful than when we are completely vulnerable and have nothing to defend”—Robyn Norman Vulnerability is a word we hear a lot these days.  Most of us have been raised to believe that to be vulnerable is to be weak.  Or worse, that it… Read more

Real self, please stand up

January 27, 2019 “To imagine that some ‘thing’ – food, sex, power, money, material possession, a lover, a child  – will make you happy is to deceive yourself.  Only something as vast and deep as your real self can make you truly and lastingly happy” –  Sri Nisargadatta Majaraj, 20thcentury… Read more

Normality is highly over-rated

January 13, 2019 “The pursuit of normality is the ultimate sacrifice of potential.”  Faith Jegede Cole In fact, the pursuit of normality has the potential to be the death of you. Normality is defined as “the condition of being normal; the state of being usual, typical, or expected”.  In other… Read more

Thank You

January 1, 2019 Wishing you a 2019 that is filled with moments of joy and genuine optimism, amidst the challenges that are a part of each of our lives. Thank you for your continued interest in the messages that Seedlings attempts to convey.  Your emails and comments are always heart-warming… Read more

The Rabbit-hole of Unsolicited Advice-giving

December 30, 2018 J.R.R. Tolkien said, “Advice is a dangerous gift, even from the wise to the wise, and all courses may run ill.” We like to think we are supportive, loving, and kind.  Which certainly we often are.  We are also self-centered, insecure, and sometimes downright thoughtless and unkind.… Read more

Transform your relationship with time

December 16, 2018 What is your relationship with time? Is it your friend, or your enemy? Is time something to embrace, or something to conquer? Do you sometimes find yourself racing to get through a task so that you can finally enjoy your ‘life’? Or waiting with baited breath for… Read more

The gift of being ‘not special’

December 2, 2018 I have been struggling with a feeling that I shared with a friend.  The feeling was discomfort and it came from the idea that at times I have the thought that I’m ‘better than’ someone else.  It was difficult to talk about without wanting to back-track, explain,… Read more

We’re Better at Not Listening Than We Think

November 11, 2018 Listening isn’t that complicated.  It’s just really hard. We have such a powerful drive to be heard and to feel understood that it becomes almost impossible to listen to, much less understand, someone else. At the same time, true listening is a skill we can sharpen with time… Read more